If you’re a traveler who’s bored with shopping in your own backyard, the world is your playground. From splurging on jewelry at swanky and over-the-top luxury malls in Dubai to haggling for Turkish souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, there’s a shopping destination for every taste and budget—of course, as long as you have a passport. Here are a few of the best shopping cities across the globe.
Bangkok is known for famous temples, nightlife activities, and traditional Thai massages. But beyond its vibrant culture and postcard-ready backdrops, it has some of best shopping malls and plazas. For bargain shopping head to MBK mall. Try the Chatuchak Weekend Market, if you’re prepared for a full day of market shopping and haggling. And for a taste of the luxe life, check out Siam Paragon, a mega-mall featuring everything from Chanel, Gucci, and Bulgari to more affordable shops such as H&M, Mango, Zara and Top Shop.
As one of the biggest markets in the world, the Grand Bazaar is a must-see shopping experience. You can easily spend all day navigating through its selection of carpets, jewelry, and coins. Also check out the up-and-coming neighborhoods of Karakoy and Galata, both areas feature café’s and galleries and unique shops selling everything from wool rugs, antiques, and art.
Calling all shopaholics. No trip to Florence, Italy, is complete without purchasing a handmade leather item. Florence, known for its art, culture, and cuisine, is also a hot spot for vintage and designer clothing. Be sure to visit the Ponte Vecchio, a well-known bridge lined with old style shops mainly selling gold jewelry; The bridge, with its amazing views of the Arno river, is also the perfect place to snap an Instagram photo.
Dubai, synonymous with exuberant lifestyles, is home to the world’s tallest hotel, the Mall of the Emirates which has an indoor ski resort with real snow, the West LA Boutique for hip clothing and accessories, and a host of other swanky boutiques, dubai safari, malls, and bazaars.
Home to world-renowned fashion labels—Chanel, Hermès, and Louis Vuitton, to name a few, shopping in Paris is definitely on a shopper’s bucket list. For trendy boutiques and stylish clothing, check out the Marais, the 3 & 4 arrondissements. Head to the 8th, 16th & 17th arrondissement, for chic and all around glamour at exclusive stores such as Dior to Chanel. And for more affordable shopping check out the 18th arrondissement.
New York City, NY
Whether its bargain hunting at Brooklyn Flea markets, window shopping at Barneys, Tiffany’s and Bergdorf Goodman or shopping for vintage clothing in Soho, New York City, and its surrounding areas has something for all shoppers.
Home to some of the largest malls in the world, Kuala Lumpur boasts the Pavilion mall, which has more than 1.37 million square feet of shopping space including a variety of designer and international brands such as Jimmy Choo, Diane Von Fürstenberg and Louis Vuitton.
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